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The AI farm experiment

May 8th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

Major companies are bringing together new machine learning algorithms, better and cheaper sensors, and increased computing power in hopes of addressing growing global demand for food and agriculture’s diminishing labor force. The big picture: Alphabet’s X and John Deere, startups and universities are looking to AI-based agriculture to address these problems. But farming presents hard […]



Vertical farms have nailed leafy greens. Next up: tasty peaches

March 21st, 2018 at 2:55 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco-based Plenty already supplies produce for Google’s kitchens. Now it’s on a mission to expand what hydroponic farms can grow. Of the many crops that Matt Barnard has developed, he has a particular fondness for his kale. “If you think about what most people imagine when then they think of kale, think again,” he […]



Cross a John Deere with a Roomba, and you get this crop-monitoring robot

March 21st, 2018 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

Farms are a hotbed for automation. Robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have been assisting in agriculture for years and 2017 showed they could farm an acre and a half of barley, from planting to tending and harvesting, without a human stepping foot on the field. Now there is a small but robust robot that could […]



The incredible ways John Deere is using artificial intelligence to transform farming

March 17th, 2018 at 8:30 am » Comments Off

Pesticides are currently an essential ingredient of big agriculture in order to ensure we can continue to feed the ever-growing global population of our planet. However, pesticides also carry inherent risks, such as the damage they can do to the environment and local ecosystems, and the hazards that over-exposure can pose to human health. Their […]



Urban farming will bring food to city-dwellers that need it most

January 20th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas […]



Miniature robots could cut pesticide use on farms in future

December 16th, 2017 at 1:20 pm » Comments Off

Robots could also reduce food waste and help harvest crops, but they may not be commercially available for some years to come, say experts.



Why are America’s farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

December 7th, 2017 at 1:29 am » Comments Off

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingartengives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help.



Robot farmers have successfully planted and harvested barley by themselves

October 16th, 2017 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Robot-ran farms have the potential to increase efficiency in the agriculture industry.



Agriculture faces many 21st century disrupters

October 9th, 2017 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Our perspective on agriculture is about to go through dramatic changes as this century unfolds. What are some of the disruptive forces at work?



These “Digital plants” are the first blockchain-based artificial life form

September 17th, 2017 at 3:22 pm » Comments Off

Plantoids attract humans with their strange, beautiful designs, convince them to donate money in the form of Bitcoin, then “procreate” by commissioning artists to create a new iteration using those funds — and the whole process is automated.



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